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My Family Activity Bucket list for things to do in Hermanus

It’s summer holiday and Hermanus has a lot of fun-filled activities suited for families, groups and individuals, ranging from land to water to air activities to offer, here is my Hermanus “activity bucket list”

Activity bucketlist 1 shark#1 - On the Activity Bucketlist:  Shark Cage Diving

Shark cage diving is an awesome experience from both above and below the surface. Getting close to this most magnificent apex predator is the most awesome experience
Join Great White Shark Tours on a shark cage diving trip and see the Great White Shark up close in Gansbaai, near Cape Town in South Africa.

Activity bucketlist 2 beach#2 - On the Activity Bucketlist:  Enjoy a Beach Holiday in Hermanus and surrounding areas.

Fun in the sun on all the beaches of Hermanus, remember to take sun block, towel and water while enjoying our beaches.  A stunning coastline connects Hermanus’s beaches, where white sandy beaches, rocks, grassy terraces, lagoons and rolling waves greet families, couples, surfers and those who want to simply kick back and enjoy the view.  Or sip a glass of wine as the sun go down at Grotto Beach.  List of Beaches here.

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#3 - On the Activity Bucketlist:  Quad biking

For those free spirit people take a ride through the spectacular vineyards of the Hamilton Russel Vineyards and the Southern Right Wine estate in Hemel-en-Aarde valley.  Leisurely drive on the quad bikes can be enjoyed by the whole family, from the experts to the non experienced drivers. This exhilarating experience will take you to the top of the mountain, with a view of the ocean and back through the unique fynbos of the Overberg
For more info or contact SA Forest Adventures.
Watch this Quad Biking Video

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#4 - On the Activity Bucketlist:  Stand-up paddle boarding

New adventure | Activity in Hermanus.   Bring your whole family to stand-up paddle boarding and enjoy Mother Nature around you, explore the Kleinriver Lagoon and other flat-water areas.
Contact Walkerbay Adventures

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#5 - On the Activity Bucketlist: Tubing and or Rafting

Tubing is provided during the summer months, while rafting is expected during winter.  The Palmiet river offer breathtaking scenery as the mountains towers over you and the green reserve stretches all along the river.
Sounds of wildlife and the buzzing of insects are all around you as you smell the unique funds on your way down the Palmiet River.  For more info or contact SA Forest Adventures.   -    Watch these tubing and rafting videos

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#6 - On the Activity Bucketlist:  Rocklands Petting Farm

Rocklands Petting Farm is an adventure for any child.  Here they run free and can interact with the animals and play in a Farm environment.  Mom and dad or the grandparents can relax in our garden with a cup of coffee. Order something to eat from our Tuck shop.  Rocklands is also a popular venue for birthdays and other functions. Most of our Animals are rescue animals and we rely on the support of the public to feed and care for the animals.  We welcome all with a friendly smile.  Contact Information

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#7 - On the Activity Bucketlist:  Visit 1 of the 3 museums

This historical open-air Old harbour museum is developed around the Old Harbour and declared an open museum in 1972. People from around the world have flocked to this old fishing harbour, known to the locals as Visbaai where they would wait for the fishing boats to land their catch. Come down and go back in time where the villagers honour Remembrance Day of Soldier who lost their lives in WWl and WW2. The indoor museum is in the old fishermen’s huts along the walkway down to the Old Harbour, visit the Whale Museum with a full whale skeleton inside, and the De Wet’s Photo Museum houses a photographic exhibition of old Hermanus.   For more information call 028 312 1475.
Click here for the full article about the 3 museums in Hermanus

Activity bucketlist8b sea kayaking#8 - On the Activity Bucketlist:  Sea Kayaking

Explore the unique Walker Bay Whale Sanctuary and its abundant sea life with a Sea Kayaking Hermanus adventure trip. Kayaking trips depart from the Old Harbour daily (weather permitting).
Contact Walkerbay Adventures

Activity bucketlist 9b art#9 - On the Activity Bucketlist:  Arts & Craft Market on Lemm's Corner 

Visit the newly Arts & craft market on Lemm’s Corner with a kiddies corner. Photos and Information on their Facebook Page. Hermanus offer a variety of Art Galleries – with artists, sculptors ceramists, writers, jewellery and glass designers, quilters and photographers and you can visit a number of studios and galleries housing both local and internationally acclaimed works.

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#10 - On the Activity Bucketlist:  Visit the Penquin Colony at Stoney Point

Located in the coastal town of Betty’s Bay in the Overberg, the Stony Point Nature Reserve is home to a unique colony of African penguins.  More info

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